Remember the 1934 L.C Smith 8 i purchased about a year ago?
I have a 1938 L.C Smith super speed saved from a keychopper scrap pile with a 5 pitch typeface. I decided to take the typebasket from the super speed and put it on the model 8. I took the top deck off both machines, then removed both typebaskets as well as the starwheel from the super speed. I then put the super speed starwheel, typebasket and backspace stop on the model 8. This worked except for one problem. The 4 typed the d and the d typed the 4! This is because on the super speed levers are bent a different way to accommodate the spacebar. I then took out both the 4 and d typears and swapped them around to fix this problem. I now have a fully functional 6-pitch typewriter. Its sure to make a big impression.
I have many hobbies. One of these is vintage vacuum tube based electronics. Last weekend I completed the restoration of this television.
It is a General Electric model 14T009. Originally it was red and white but the top was very rusty so I repainted it over the weekend to the turquoise you see here. I restored the electronics inside last year. Restoration of the electronics involved replacing all the old paper and electrolytic capacitors plus a surprisingly large amount of bad tubes. Whenever you see a unrestored piece of electronics from the mid 60s or earlier 95% of all problems are caused by bad capacitors (starting in the mid 60s they started to transition to polypropylene film capacitors which rarely go bad like the paper ones). Once restored old TV’s are pretty reliable. Its a lot of fun to watch old TV shows on a old TV!
Well I finally got it. According to the TWDB serial number database it is a 1912 machine and a early one at that. However it was disappointing to see a large chunk taken out of the platen. So for the first time ever I sent the platen out to be recovered. While it was away I borrowed the platen from my 1930 #8 to test it.
Here it is cleaned up a bit along with the new platen. It types well with the new platen. It, unlike all the other LC Smiths does not need at least 2 sheets of paper.
I also have been working on another non-typewriter project recently. It will get its own post when its finished.
I have been contacted by a local shop to repair some of their typewriters.
Up first is this 1936 Royal O SN#526027
It needed a few repairs, namely a busted drawband and a disconnected ribbon vibrator.
1947 Smith-Corona Sterling SN# 4A227733
This one also needed repairs. Backspace pawl jammed up above backspace stop.
The final one in the trio 1926 Underwood 5 SN# 2135205-5
The Underwood needed a repair I have never seen before. Paper would not feed. So I check the feed rollers. They are fine. I am sitting here stumped when I realize that the paper table is bent inwards towards the platen thus preventing the paper from feeding into the platen.
This 1938 Super-Speed was a eBay purchase. I have wanted one of these for awhile now so when this one showed up for a good price I took a chance on it. It arrived undamaged and packed well.
I am a big fan of the LC Smith typewriters and this one is no exception. They all have a very light touch and make excellent typewriters. It is missing the ribbon spool covers though. I am looking for a set. If you have any let me know.
Thank you for the past 8 years.
Eight years of equality and justice.
Eight years of progress and reform.
We now have more people with healthcare
then 8 years ago.
We now have marriage equality for all.
For this I thank you.
Thank You, Obama.